TDSAT directs four broadcasters to sign pact & give signals to Chirala LCO

NEW DELHI: Four broadcasters namely Eenadu Television, Maa TV, Sun Distribution Services and Taj TV have been directed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to enter into interconnect agreements with Chirala Cable Network for retransmission of their respective signals in 14 panchayats.

TDSAT chairman Justice Aftab Alam and members Kuldip Singh and B B Srivastava gave the directive after examining a survey report submitted by the Advocate Commissioner Tushar Singh who had been appointed on 1 December last by the Tribunal to go to the rural areas around Chirala town and conduct a survey.

According to the survey, the cable network has 2150 households in the area, the Advocate Commissioner had visited 10 houses in each of the rural areas listed by the network as his subscribers and also 10 others not in the list and found that even among those not in the list, there were four or five of the 150 houses visited by him who were receiving signals from the network as well as other local cable operator. Thus, the Tribunal raised the SLR figure by 2.5 per cent.

The broadcasters were directed to execute the agreement not later than two weeks and to supply their signals to the network immediately thereafter. 

Disposing of the four petitions by Chirala Cable Network, the Tribunal made clear that any variation in the SLR during the period of the agreement may take place only as provided under the Regulations. 

The Tribunal accepted the report of 7 January, which showed that the network had the connectivity of 2081 as claimed by the network, apart from those not listed by it.

The detailed survey report submitted by Singh, which the Tribunal said was made properly and reflects the true position, thus confirms the petitioner’s assertion that it has the connectivity of 2081 connections in the 14 panchayats. 

“If we take into account the five houses not mentioned in the petitioner’s SLR that were receiving the petitioner’s signals, the SLR submitted by the petitioner may be increased by 2.5 per cent. We direct that the petitioner’s SLR be taken as 2150.”

The Advocate Commissioner was directed to give copies of the expense account to the counsel representing four broadcasters who will to make proportionate payments to petitioner’s counsel B S Sai or the client within 10 days.

Latest Reads
Terry Burns appointed Ofcom chairman

Lord Terry Burns has been appointed as the next chairman of Ofcom. This follows the digital, culture, media and sport committee pre-appointment hearing with Lord Burns. Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has now confirmed the appointment.

Regulators People
FCC outvotes 2015 net neutrality rules

NEW DELHI: American telecoms and broadcast regulator FCC on Thursday voted out the 2015 Obama government’s regulations relating to net neutrality, which, some critics said, put too much power in the hands of broadband companies to influence consumers’ online experiences.

Regulators People
MIB bumps up TV channel processing fee

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has sharply increased the processing fee for TV channels in supersession of an order dated 1 January 2009. Now, national channels will have to cough up Rs 100,000, while regional ones will shell out Rs 50,000.

Regulators I&B Ministry
VTV & DY365 to go off air for violating programming act

In two separate cases, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has asked channels VTV and DY 365 to be taken off air.

Regulators I&B Ministry
Jio continues leading broadband subs addition while wireline internet loses subs in Oct

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s Reliance Infocomm Limited (Jio) closed the month with 145.96 million wireless broadband subscribers having added 7.34 million subscribers during October 2017. Since 1 January 2017, the new telecom behemoth has added 129.91 million subscribers between 1 January 2017 and 31...

Regulators TRAI
I&B tightens up on condom ads on TV

MUMBAI: Condom ads are off prime time television. The latest advisory from the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has asked broadcasters to keep them out of the purview of children and only telecast them between 10 pm and 6 am.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB consolidates media units

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has integrated the Directorate of Film Publicity (DFP), Song and Drama Division (S&DD) and the directorate of audio visual publicity (DAVP) under the banner of Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC). The media units, which promote...

Regulators I&B Ministry
'Sanskari' India wants condom ads off primetime

MUMBAI: India is a country that takes offence at the slightest suggestion of titillation. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has approached the ministry of Information and broadcasting (I&B) for withdrawing condom ads that are telecasted during prime time or ‘family viewing time...

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI sees merit in using satcom for broadband delivery

NEW DELHI: India needs to create digital platforms, pushed by government policies and private sector entrepreneurship, which are specific to India and address its specific needs, telecom and broadcast regulator TRAI advisor SK Singhal said on Wednesday, adding that affordable broadband and allied...

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories